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All dispensing opticians and optometrists need to make sure that they are kept up to date with the latest skills, knowledge and new theories in order to improve their practice and skills, and to provide the right advice to their patients. They do this by undertaking Continuing Education and Training (CET). CET training can take place through a variety of means, from lectures to peer reviews, and in a variety of learning styles.
Last week, Focus Clinics launched its first in a series of optometry training evenings, naturally based on our subject of expertise, laser refractive surgery, entitled An Introduction to Refractive Surgery. Created and hosted by our specialist refractive optometrist Ritu Jagpal, we discussed the origins of laser surgery and how it has changed and improved over years; Focus as a clinic, what we do and how we maintain our excellent results; Lasek, PRK and Lasik treatments, how they differ and the benefits of each; Patient suitability; Laser surgery mythbusting; Followed by a questions and answer session.
The lecture was a resounding success with attendees that were completely new to laser eye surgery, through to specialists with over 20 years working in the field. We also had the pleasure to meet specialist optometrists in other areas of expertise such as glaucoma and paediatrics, and from some highly respected institutions such as Guys St Thomas’ Hospital and Arnott Eye Associates as well as a host of independent opticians.
We will be announcing our next CET evening shortly, and you should expect the evenings to cover a wide range of topics, from refractive surgery to cataracts and glaucoma.